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Vickie Ybarra

Director, Research & Policy
Washington State Dept. of Children, Youth, and Families

Dr. Ybarra has an interdisciplinary background with an emphasis on social/structural determinants of health and well-being, health/education/early learning/immigration policy, and civic engagement. She holds degrees in Nursing and Public Health from the University of Washington, and in Political Science/Public Policy from the University of New Mexico. She has made contributions to knowledge on immigrant integration and well-being, immigration policy, farmworker health, and Latino racialization. She also has led the implementation and evaluation of numerous family support programs for low-income and marginalized families in the Yakima Valley.


Research Interests 

Dr. Ybarra has served in a number of appointed and elected policy leadership positions, including as an elected member of the Yakima School District Board of Directors and Board President during the 2000s. She also served as Chair of the Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities, and in that role oversaw the development of Washington State’s first Action Plan to Eliminate Health Disparities in 2010.